The Akron Aeros will have almost a completely different roster headed into next season as most of the key players will head to the Huntington Bank Stadium in Columbus, but there will be a lot of new, young, high-caliber talent headed to Akron. The Aeros headed into the Eastern League Finals last season, but fell to the AA-Affiliate of the Yankees. With the new players added to the roster, the Aeros look to head back to the Eastern League Finals.
Here is the roster I expect to see the Aeros put on the field on most days…
1) John Drennen – CF
2) Carlos Santana – C
3) Beau Mills – 1B
4) Nick Weglarz – LF
5) Jared Goedert – 3B
6) Matt Whitney – DH
7) Carlos Rivero – SS
8) Ryan Goleski – RF
9) Niuman Romero – 2B
* Goleski could be used as a 4th OF for the Columbus Clippers next season, while Niuman Romero could be picked up by another team as he is a minor league free agent who will likely not be added to the 40-man roster. However, I think Romero will re-sign with us and be penciled in as the every day 2B at Akron.
* John Drennen could be on his last legs at Akron next season. After a pretty decent rookie campaign, he’s become nothing more than a footnote on the career of Roger Clemens (homering off of him while Clemens was making his comeback). If he doesn’t excel this year at AA, he likely will never see AAA in a Tribe uniform. The lack of a leadoff hitter might allow Drennen to be used as the leadoff hitter.
* If Goleski and Romero aren’t on the team at Akron other potential replacements are Roman Pena or Lucas Montero.